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Sen. Chuck Schumer pushes Save Our Phases Act to avoid wasting Broadway

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A $10 billion invoice that may assist maintain the lights on alongside Broadway took heart stage Friday as Sen. Chuck Schumer vowed to combat for leisure venues exhausting hit by the coronavirus disaster.

The New York Democrat and Theater District representatives touted the proposed Save Our Phases Act as a much-needed lifeline to stay venues and most significantly Broadway, which has been shut down for the reason that starting of the pandemic.

“The phantom of COVID has hit Broadway possibly the toughest of all stay venues in America,” Schumer stated at Duffy Sq. at Seventh Avenue and West 47th Road. “We’re preventing to verify New York Metropolis and Broadway get a lion king share of federal reduction.”

Schumer stated that underneath the bipartisan invoice, which he co-sponsored, $12 million would go towards “massive theaters,” with smaller venues a lower as nicely.

“This cash is versatile,” he defined. “They will use it for no matter they should keep in enterprise, together with paying key valued workers who we don’t wish to simply depart.”

Charlotte St. Martin, president of commerce affiliation The Broadway League, stated the invoice is required to kick begin the dwindling business.

“Productions want cash for rehearsals to get folks again as a result of they haven’t been performing for 9 months, to get hundreds and hundreds of forged members and get them working,” she stated.

The Save Our Phases Act was first launched in July by Sens. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) and John Cornyn (R-TX) and would supply six months of Small Enterprise Administration grants to stay music venue operators which have taken successful throughout COVID-19.

The invoice is included within the general COVID-19 reduction bundle that’s been stalled in Congress.

Schumer urged all Individuals to e mail their senators “and say we want you to assist Save Our Phases.” He stated if there’s no vaccine by subsequent spring, he plans to push for renewing the invoice, if it’s handed.

“My job as minority chief is to verify Save Our Phases is in that invoice,” he stated.

The main Democrat was hopeful that the invoice would get permitted as a part of the Heroes Act.

“The chances are getting higher,” Schumer stated. “There have been 20 conservative Republicans who needed this within the Senate.”

Final week, Schumer — whose cousin is slapstick comedian Amy Schumer — teamed up with Jerry Seinfeld to push for the federal laws, which additionally has the assist from artists like Girl Gaga, Billy Joel and the Foo Fighters.

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Ps 5 lifts Sony’s outcomes regardless of Hollywood shutdown

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Sony Corp. stated Wednesday that sturdy demand for its upcoming online game console PlayStation 5 helped offset continued income and revenue declines at its Hollywood studio, Sony Photos Leisure.

The Japan-based conglomerate stated working revenue rose 13.9 p.c to $three million for the three months ended Sept. 30, as income for the interval remained flat at $20.2 billion. Housebound customers gravitated towards gaming throughout the pandemic as PlayStation Four juiced the corporate’s income throughout the quarter by $4.9 billion.

Sony, which is predicted to launch it new PlayStation 5 console subsequent month, stated it expects to promote 7.6 million items or extra within the yr via March.

The corporate raised its annual revenue forecast by 13 p.c to $6.7 billion, though the agency’s leisure division has gotten squeezed by the pandemic. Like different Hollywood studios, Sony Photos delayed its whole slate of movies this yr into 2021.

The studio pushed Jason Reitman’s  “Ghostbusters: Afterlife” from July 2020 to March 5, 2021, in addition to vampire superhero movie “Morbius,” starring Jared Leto from July to March 19, 2021.

The corporate stated working earnings for the quarter fell 18.three p.c to $299 million as income sank 25 p.c to $615 million.

Sony cited “vital lower in theatrical revenues as a consequence of theater closings, decrease promoting revenues for media networks, and decrease revenues from fewer deliveries of TV exhibits as a consequence of manufacturing shutdowns” for the poor outcomes.

The weakened outcomes at Sony Photos come because the studio is present process a significant restructuring. The corporate stated Tuesday that it could be merging its home movie and TV advertising divisions beneath one roof. Because of this, roughly 35 Sony Photos staffers are anticipated to be laid off as a part of the plan.

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Uncommon Blue Moon rises on Halloween 2020: Here is what it means

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What are the percentages?

A Blue Moon — by definition a rarity — will rise this month, notably on Halloween. Take notice, werewolves.

The lunar occasion means merely {that a} second full moon will rise in the identical month. The primary one, a Harvest Moon, lit up the sky on October 1. It additionally occurs to be a Blood Moon, which means a full moon that occurs in October, within the midst of spooky season.

It gained’t really be blue except there are mud and smoke particles of a sure measurement, which might scatter crimson mild and make the moon tackle a blueish hue, in response to EarthSky.org.

This yr’s Halloween full moon will rise at 10:49 a.m. that day — which ensures visibility throughout all occasions zones on the 31st. The subsequent Blue Moon in a calendar month will hit skies on Aug. 30, 2023.

Full Moons on Halloween are even rarer. They solely occur each 18 or 19 years, the Previous Farmer’s Almanac reviews. Technically, the second full moon of the month known as a “Hunter’s Blue Moon,” so right here we now have a full-blown Hunter’s Blue Moon on Halloween, the almanac writes.

A Blue Moon will rise on Halloween 2020.
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In Celtic traditions, Halloween was the day spirits of the useless wandered round within the moonlight — so think about this vacation the creepiest shortly.

However, it’s a very good month to catch a glimpse of the moon twice, after NASA scientists introduced the invention of extra water on its floor than beforehand thought. The breakthrough confirms that the moon could possibly be a “useful resource” to us earthlings, the scientists stated Monday.

That ought to give us all one thing to howl about.

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‘Borat’ followers increase $50Okay to compensate ‘betrayed’ babysitter Jeanise Jones

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They felt she was Sacha Baron Conned.

Sympathetic “Borat 2” followers have raised tens of hundreds of {dollars} for Jeanise Jones, the mockumentary’s “ethical compass” who claimed she was “betrayed” by filmmakers.

“I believed it might be nice to offer folks a automobile to say thanks in a tangible manner” mentioned the Rev. Derrick Scobey, Jones’ pastor at Oklahoma’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, who spearheaded the crowdfunding marketing campaign.

In filmmaker Sacha Baron Cohen’s satirical flick, “Borat Subsequent Moviefilm,” Jones, 62, performs the employed babysitter for Borat’s daughter Tutar (portrayed by newcomer Maria Bakalova), who’s slated to be married off to an older man. Nevertheless, the Oklahoma native informed the Put up that she was tricked by recruiters into pondering that the movie was an actual documentary about grooming gangs.

“I’m pondering that is for actual so I felt type of betrayed by it,” mentioned Jones, who reportedly spent weeks fretting over Tutar, who she thought was a bonafide youngster bride.

The senior citizen reportedly solely found the reality when the movie’s trailer got here out — therefore why her on-screen efficiency appeared so real.

Suffice to say, followers hoped money donations would ease the ache of Jones’ epic hornswoggling.

Rev. Scobey, who had initially met with the “Borat 2” recruiters once they got here to Jones’ church, launched a GoFundMe web page to compensate her correctly after she was solely paid $3,600 for the function. Up to now, the fundraiser has garnered nearly $50,000 of its $100,000 objective as of Wednesday morning.

“She is without doubt one of the most genuine folks I’ve ever met,” the pastor wrote on the fundraiser web page. “One good factor that has come from that is that Jeanise doesn’t have to fret about ‘Tutar’ anymore. She has apprehensive about this younger girl for a yr.”

The contributions are particularly life-changing as Jones not too long ago misplaced her job as a result of COVID-19 after being employed for 32 years, per the fundraiser web page.

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